Cookies

My websites use cookies.  I will ask you to consent to my use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy when you first visit my websites or I will assume that you consent to my use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy by you continuing to use my websites.

 

ABOUT COOKIES

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies.  A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

 

HOW WE USE COOKIES

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that I store about you may be linked, by me, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

I may use the information I obtain from your use of our cookies for one or more of the following purposes:

To recognise your computer when you visit my website;

To track you as you navigate my website, and to enable the use of the shopping cart and other features of my website;

To improve the website’s usability;

To analyse the use of my website;

In the administration of this website;

To prevent fraud and improve the security of the website;

 

THIRD PARTY COOKIES

I use Google Analytics to analyse the use of my websites.  Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers.  The information generated relating to my websites is used to create reports about the use of the websites.  Google will store this information.  Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

From time to time I may use other web analytics or analysis tools. The information generated from these tools is used to create reports about the use of my websites.

 

BLOCKING COOKIES

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.  For example:

In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;

In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box;

In other web browsers, please refer to the relevant help file.

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites including my own.  If you block cookies when using my websites you will not be able to use some of the features of my websites and you may not experience the designed features or browsing experience that you may otherwise experience if you do not block cookies.

You can change your cookie settings at any time as described above.

 

DELETING COOKIES

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:

In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);

In Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu;

In other web browsers, please refer to the relevant help file.

Doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites including mine.